Paul Pogba will continue to take penalties for Manchester United despite missing his third of the season against Southampton.
Pogba had his stoppage-time spotkick flicked over the crossbar by Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn’s trailing boot after Marcus Rashford was brought down in the area.
The France international had a penalty saved in United’s 2-0 win at Burnley in September and was also foiled from 12 yards by Everton goalie Jordan Pickford, although Pogba converted the rebound in that October triumph.
Solskjaer spoke to Pogba shortly after United recovered to secure a stirring 3-2 victory against Southampton and has no reservations about him stepping up for the next one.
“I just said to him there, ‘Get ready for the next one, because you’re gonna take that as well’,” Solskjaer said. “I’ve missed penalties. He’s a confident boy, he wants to go and take the next one, you want that character and today was one of the ones he really blasted them, he normally just places them, so he’ll be okay.”
Following the spotkick against Everton, then-United manager Jose Mourinho said: “The thing I like is the desire to take it. Let me choose the word – I don’t want to be punished – I don’t like Mickey Mouses, no? Fragile, afraid to go, ‘I don’t take penalties’. I don’t like that.
“I like the player I like to take. Like for example, today the Crystal Palace boy (Luka Milivojevic), missed last week against Everton and today two penalties and ‘Give me the ball. If I miss, I miss’, but I go there’.
“And Paul wants to take, that for me is fantastic. If he misses he misses, can he improve his penalties? I think he can. The goalkeeper now knows his running and they don’t move and they are waiting until the last second for his decision. So I think he probably has to learn from that.
“But what for me is the most important thing is next time we have a penalty he goes again. And he goes happy again, and that for me is the most important thing.”